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Beyoncé-Inspired Skyscraper to Bring Curvy Beauty to Melbourne

How the singer’s moody music video is helping create an astonishing sixty-eight story tower in one of Australia’s biggest cities.

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All hail queen Bey! Is there anything she can’t do? Trailblazing pop star, feminist thinker, social justice supporter, freakishly always on beat meme-machine… Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is one of those rare icons who has been able to transcend her art form, and apply her celebrity toward any number of other lofty pursuits, inspiring legions of devoted fans along the way. And inspire them she has, including a team of architects who are using Beyoncé’s notoriously curvaceous figure as the basis for their just-approved sixty-eight story skyscraper, set to tower over the streets of Melbourne, Australia in the near future.

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It Took Just 19 Days to Build This 57-Story Chinese Skyscraper

Will super-fast super-construction become the new normal for skyscraper building?

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That we can build skyscrapers at all is pretty impressive in and of itself. But even the most jaded among us—those who can’t be bothered to care about our ability to create towers of glass and steel that push the very boundaries of engineering—should be in awe of Broad Sustainable Building, a Chinese construction firm that specializes in building big and building fast. How fast? Their latest skyscraper, built in Changshan, the capital of China’s Hunan province, tops off at a respectable 57 stories, and reportedly took just 19 days of construction to complete.

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It’s Time to Start Building Wooden Skyscrapers

“Plyscrapers,” created out of material similar to Ikea’s wooden furniture, may be the future of high-rise buildings.

In 2023, Swedish architecture firm C.F. Møller will transform the Stockholm skyline—and perhaps the very notion of skyscrapers. Last December, the designers won a competition organized by HSB Stockholm to honor the local real estate titan’s upcoming centenary with an ostentatious new high-rise. Møller submitted three flashy, modern designs, but the public latched onto one in particular that will sound, to many, intuitively insane: a thirty-four story tower made almost entirely out of wood, save for a spindly concrete core and a few steel poles on the ground floor. If constructed, the tower will be the largest mostly-wooden structure in the world. But rather than a one-off, it could be the clarion call needed to rouse the public around a new architectural trend.

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